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Easter travel disruption latest: 'Plans in place' to get you home

Train services have been disrupted over the long weekend due to engineering works. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Rail companies say they've prepared contingency plans to make sure passengers get home if weekend engineering works overrun.

Services across the west country have been disrupted over Easter because of work taking place further up the line at Reading. Network Rail has promised to prevent a repeat of the chaos that happened over Christmas.

It's a real consideration, and we've been working closely with Network Rail to ensure that there are contingency plans in place should that happen. We'll be letting people know as soon as we know if there's a problem, but at the moment everything is running to time.

– Dan Panes, First Great Western

Train services suspended near Newquay

Members of the RMT union in Penzance are striking over the sacking of a colleague Credit: ITV News

Rail services have been suspended on First Great Western between Par and Newquay. It's due to shortage of train crews.

First Great Western say buses will run between St. Austell and Newquay.

Any passengers travelling from the Plymouth or Penzance directions, who would normally change at Par for train services to Newquay should change at St Austell instead for road transport.

It comes after rail workers from the RMT Union began a 48 hour strike over the sacking of a colleague.

They've been holding a picket at Penzance railway station.

Major travel disruption expected over Easter

People are being warned of major disruption across the West Country this Easter as the holiday season gets underway.

Rail engineering works will affect passengers going to Devon and Cornwall from London, and First Great Western is advising passengers to avoid Reading if possible, where engineering work is happening.

First Great Western's Dan Panes told us passengers should expect to spend more time travelling.

Meanwhile, 15 million of us are expected to take to the roads.

When we're going to see disruption as we're expecting over Easter, that inevitably is going to put more people back in their cars, adding pressure to the already over-stressed roads of the South West.

– Simon Calder, travel expert

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Easter travel disruption: West Country rail services affected

Easter rail services face disruption owing to engineering work Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Services between parts of the West Country and London Paddington will be disrupted by engineering works from Good Friday to Easter Monday.

First Great Western is advising passengers to avoid Reading if possible, where the engineering work is happening, and routes that go via Reading could be diverted via Banbury or Waterloo.

Services to Exeter, Plymouth and Penzance are running from London Waterloo. These will operate hourly on Good Friday and Easter Monday, and every two hours on Easter Sunday.

Services from Paddington will run as far as Bristol Temple Meads, with a diversion to Banbury owing to engineering work at Reading.

Passengers are being advised to check before they travel. More details here.

£6 million funding for Cornwall's A39 at Trispen

More than £6 million worth of funding has been announced this week to renew the A39 at Trispen.

The 8km route between Truro and Carland Cross carries around 13,000 vehicles a day.

The A39 is a key arterial route connecting the north side of Truro with the A30

Now the route is to be resurfaced, safety fences will be added, and the draining system will be refurbished. There will also be new provision for cyclists along the route.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin confirmed the upgrade would go ahead after his visit to Cornwall yesterday. The Department of Transport will provide £5.22 million towards the scheme, with Cornwall Council putting in a further £1.1 million.

The work will start later this year and should be finished by March 2016.

Cornwall Council have welcomed the confirmation of the new funds, but say a long term maintenance programme is needed:

Maintenance is a constant and complex challenge, a capital scheme such as this will secure an important improvement.

However, I remain anxious that the new government must realise the need for more revenue funding to support the long term planned maintenance programme.

– Bert Biscoe, Cornwall Council cabinet member for transport

FERRY: River incident delays services

The Torpoint ferry is operating with delays and traffic is queuing after a swimmer was spotted in the water.

The unknown man, thought to be in his 40s or 50s, was spotting swimming by passengers on the Torpoint Ferry who rang for help around 8am. Services were suspended while an MOD boat was launched to find him.

The man got safely out of the water and ferry services have resumed.

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